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growth factor

n.
A substance that affects the growth of a cell or an organism.

growth factor

n
(Biochemistry) any of several substances present in serum that induce growth of cells. Excessive amounts of growth factor may be associated with the production of cancer cells

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n.
any of various proteins that promote the growth, organization, and maintenance of cells and tissues.
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Noun1.growth factor - a protein that is involved in cell differentiation and growth
protein - any of a large group of nitrogenous organic compounds that are essential constituents of living cells; consist of polymers of amino acids; essential in the diet of animals for growth and for repair of tissues; can be obtained from meat and eggs and milk and legumes; "a diet high in protein"
nerve growth factor, NGF - a protein that is involved in the growth of peripheral nerve cells
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Skin has inherent repair processes regulated by dynamic and complex cell-signaling molecules called growth factors.
Among their topics are the regulation of fibroblast growth factor signaling, fibroblast growth factor in cardiovascular disease, fibroblast growth factor signaling in pulmonary hypertension, the therapeutic potential of allosteric modulation of fibroblast growth factor receptors, fibroblast growth factors in epithelial homeostasis and repair, growth factors in the eye, and fibroblast growth factor ligand traps for treating tumors that are dependent on fibroblast growth factors.
Growth factors are protein messenger molecules that bind to specific cell surface receptors initiating a cascade of events that control the development of a cell.
The team is investigating two new nerve growth factors.
Most multinational cosmetic companies and doctor-developed dermatological products have not incorporated human growth factors into their products, but times are changing.
Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (Victoria, Australia) has patented growth factors which are capable of stimulating or otherwise facilitating formation of insulin-secreting cells.
One medium included the complete range of steroids, including ample amounts of androgen and growth factors.
The tissue is then dissociated into individual cells that are maintained in a serum-free medium supplemented with growth factors, including epidermal growth factor, insulin-like growth factor-1, and basic fibroblast growth factor.
Although the growth factors played a role in pushing the cells toward one tissue type or another, the scaffold was critical to the differentiation.
Gastrin 17 and gly-gastrin are believed to be central growth factors, or the initiating signals, for cell growth, cell proliferation and metastasis (spread) in gastric, i.
Zone: There are two areas on the horizon with respect to biological response-modifiers: growth factors and matrix proteins.
Recent years have seen a considerable emphasis on growth factors and the elucidation of their mode of function, which has led to the recognition that growth factors, their receptors as well as downstream elements of signalling associated with their function might be potential targets in therapeutic management of human diseases.